In 1997, after a decade and a half of decreasing motorcycle fatalities, 2116 motorcyclists died in accidents on American roads. That was 5.0% of the total number of U.S. highway fatalities, which totaled 42,013. Since then, more American riders have died every year in street crashes. By 2001, when 3181 motorcycle riders died, the total had risen by more than 50 percent from the '97 figure. The 2002 total of 3276 meant that another 95 riders lost their lives on American roads. Though this is a smaller increase than recent years, it also meant that motorcycling fatalities have become 7.6% of the total American highway fatality picture, and the only category of vehicle user showing consistent increases in deaths.